I have lately removed to the mountain ... I have here but one room, which, like the cobler’s, serves me for parlour for kitchen and hall. I may add, for bed chamber and study too.
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Let the exit of the spiral ... look on a small and distant part of the blue mountains. In the middle of the temple an altar, the sides of turf, the top a plain stone.
the frize to be ornamented with human figures as in Palladio B. 4. pl. 13.14.15.
Number of souls in my family in Albemarle
Mr Jefferson had the Reputation of a masterly Pen.
Books may be classed from the Faculties of the mind
The General assembly shall not have power ... to permit the introduction of any more slaves to reside in this state, or the continuance of slavery beyond the generation which shall be living on the 31st. day of December 1800; all persons born after that day being hereby declared free.
He is an old Friend with whom I have often had Occasion to labour at many a knotty Problem, and in whose Abilities and Steadiness I always found great Cause to confide.
Mr Jeffersons. he looks much afflicted. the last letters, brought him news of the death of one of his daughters: he has a great deal of Sensibility.
My new Partner, is an old Friend and Co-adjutor, whose Character I Studied, nine or ten Years ago, and which I do not perceive to be altered. The Same industry, Integrity, and Talents remain without diminution. I am very happy in him but whether We Shall be able to accomplish any Thing here, I...
Mr Jefferson’s. a man of universal learning & very pleasing manners.
Spent the evening with Mr Jefferson, whom I love to be with, because he is a man of very extensive learning, and pleasing manners.
Mr Jefferson, spoke concerning Virginia, a State, which he knows very particularly as it is his native Country. The blacks, he tells me, are very well treated there; and increase in population, more in proportion, than the whites. before the War, he says the negroes, were to the whites, in the...
Chocolate. this article when ready made, and also the Cacao becomes so easily soon rancid, and the difficulties of getting it fresh have been so great in America that it’s use has spread but little. the way to increase it’s consumption would be to permit it to be brought to us immediately from...
You can Scarcely have heard a Character too high of my Friend and Colleague Mr. Jefferson, either in point of Power or Virtues. My Fellow Labourer in Congress, eight or nine years ago, upon many arduous Tryals, particularly in the draught of our Declaration of Independence and in the formation of...
Oh I wish you was well enough to come to us tomorrow to dinner and stay the Evening ... I would Serve you and help you at dinner, and divert your pain after dinner by good Musik.
from Lyons to Nismes I have been nourished with the remains of Roman grandeur
Roman taste, genius & magnificence excite ideas
would you believe Madam, that in [this 18th. centur]y, in France, und[er the reign of Louis XVI, they] are [at this mo]ment pulling down the circular wall of this superb remain [to pave a ro]ad? and that too from a hill which is itself an entire mass of stone just as fit, & more accessible. a...
music, drawing, books, invention & exercise will be so many resources to you against ennui.
of all the cankers of human happiness, none corrodes it with so silent, yet so baneful a tooth, as indolence. body & mind both unemployed, our being becomes a burthen, & every object about us loathsome, even the dearest. idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondria, & that a diseased...
a mind always employed is always happy. this is the true secret, the grand recipe for felicity. the idle are the only wretched. in a world which furnishes so many emploiments which are useful, & so many which are amusing, it is our own fault if we we ever know what ennui is, or if we are ever...
Letters of business claiming their rights before those of affection, we often write seldomest to those whom we love most.
The distance to which I am removed has given a new value to all I valued before in my own country, and the day of my return to it will be the happiest I expect to see in this life.
I find as I grow older, that I love those most whom I loved first.